Around Town First Day DECEMBER 21, 2014

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today is the first day the following items have appeared in Around Town. Items are generally published a maximum of five times.)

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE — First United Methodist Church invites the public to its candlelight Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, at the church, 500 W. Grand Ave.
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BASEBALL BOOSTERS — The Baseball Boosters will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, in the Artesia High School special services room. Officers will be elected.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Around Town is intended to announce events of interest to the general public in Artesia and the immediate area. Announcements of club and non-profit organizations, school activities, government events and church activities are generally included in Around town.)

PAWS & CLAWS — Paws & Claws will distribute spay and neuter certificates to Eddy County residents only beginning at 10 a.m. today at the Artesia Animal Shelter, 501 Paddy Wagon Way. All donations are appreciated.
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GOOD SHEPHERD TOY GIVEAWAY — The Good Shepherd Toy Giveaway for children ages newborn to 15 will be held from 4-6 p.m. today at Forever Free Fellowship, 801 W. Grand Ave. For more information, call 748-8839.
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TOYS FOR TOTS — The Toys for Tots distribution for Artesia will be held from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at the Elks Lodge, 322 Quay Ave. Applications must be completed online or at the distribution, and applicants must be residents of Eddy County. For more information, contact Linda Ranes at 575-457-2058.
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LIVE NATIVITY — First United Methodist Church, corner of Fifth Street and Grand Avenue, will present its annual outdoor live Nativity at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21. The Nativity will be narrated and includes a full cast, live animals, music by the chancel choir, and audience participation carols. Guests are asked to dress warmly. Admission is free. Coffee, hot chocolate and cookies will be provided.
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SPECIAL SPEAKER — Judge Donald Price will speak at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at Victory Life Fellowship, 602 N. 10th St. Price will sign copies of his book, “They Still Call Me Judge,” following the service. The book is also available locally at Healing Touch and online at amazon.com.
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APS CLOSURE — The Artesia Public Schools will be closed Monday, Dec. 22, through Jan. 3, 2015, for Christmas break. Classes will resume Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. This includes the DD preschool program.
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HOSPITAL BOARD — The Artesia Special Hospital District Board of Trustees will meet at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, in the Artesia General Hospital meeting room for the purpose of conducting regular business and discussing finances and other matters in an open setting.
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CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE — First Evangelical Presbyterian Church invites the public to its Christmas Eve candlelight carol service at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, at the church corner of Fourth Street and Grand Avenue. Childcare is available for children ages 0-kindergarten.
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LIBRARY CLOSURE — The Artesia Public Library will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, and will be closed Thursday, Dec. 25, and Friday, Dec. 26, in observance of the Christmas holiday. The library will reopen at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27.
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CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE — St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will hold a Christmas Eve service at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24, at the church, corner of 10th Street and Bullock Avenue.
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LANDFILL CLOSURE — Sandpoint Landfill will be closing at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, and will reopen Wednesday, Dec. 24, at the regularly scheduled time.
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COUNTY OFFICE CLOSURE — The Eddy County offices will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 24, and Thursday, Dec. 25, in observance of the Christmas holiday. The sheriff’s office will remain on duty, and the road department will have a crew on call.
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NEW YEAR’S BASH — First Baptist Church will host a New Year’s Bash lock-in Wednesday, Dec. 31, at the Total Life Center for children ages 11-18. The event will feature laser tag, pizza, games, karaoke, a photo booth, and a New Year’s countdown. Adult drivers will be available for rides home. Doors open at 6 p.m., lock at 6:30 p.m., and will reopen at 12:30 a.m. Cost is $10. For more information, call 575-788-1308.
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HIS KIDS CLOSING SALE — His Kids Learning Center will hold a closing sale from 8 a.m. until everything is gone Saturday, Jan. 3, at West Main Baptist Church, 1701 W. Main St. Items available will include toys, books, clothing, cribs, bookshelves, changing tables and more.